Japanese Squier bullet bass or Mex Fender Player Mustang Bass PJ

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Migdal64, May 11, 2021.

  1. Migdal64


    Jan 11, 2021
    Hi there,
    I have a little dilemma. For the same money I can either buy 1983 Japanese squier bullet bass (little bit beaten up on the back) or new Mexican Fender Player Mustang Bass PJ (MN SSB). I was looking for a maple neck bass for a while now and that’s my main thing. I like the idea of a short scale bass in my collection but that Squier has something in it that i can't let go. What do you think? Couple of photos below

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  2. Peltor


    Sep 15, 2019
    Did you buy any of those? I'd go for the Squier if I were you.
  3. 7dollarbologna


    Apr 22, 2014
    Downtown Albuquerque
    Desert Eccentric
    I have an 84 Squier bullet that I bought new (first bass) I’m in the process of restoring it - I think it’s a solid instrument- I believe they only made these for 2 or 3 years- before that it was the Fender bullet deluxe. Personally I’m not into the p/j mustang.
  4. Blackjac97

    Blackjac97 Supporting Member

    May 27, 2012
    Of course, the age-old advice of play both if possible and then decide. Personally, I have always wanted to try/own a Japanese squier, so I want to lean that way. But, that new Fender does look very shiny and new, and I could see it being a better value overall. Maybe.
  5. I've got that same Squier (mine is an '84.) I love the neck, the rolled edges are super comfy. On the negative side, the pickup is a bit underwhelming in comparison with my P basses. Prices on the Japanese Squiers are getting higher all the time (at least here in the US,) so it's a decent investment, and you could probably resell it for the same money if you don't like it.

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  6. 7dollarbologna


    Apr 22, 2014
    Downtown Albuquerque
    Desert Eccentric
    44BDE1CD-384D-4AB9-9A78-A400FDB774CA.jpeg EFE59E1C-3006-476A-BEF6-C483BC1847E7.jpeg CE50A996-52CD-4C37-B0E0-9637B1C45C81.jpeg 1E43DF10-0C82-4023-84D2-CFA3FC05C22D.jpeg I guess I’ll post my progress, I went with a Warmoth neck, tiger maple, I went with steel rods, matching headstock - had to! :)
    Gotoh lollipop tuners and string tree, Curtis Novak vintage wind pickups, RS 250k pots, orange drop cap, switchcraft output jack, I went with the vintage style fender bridge, and the cherry on top - custom headstock decal by Rothko & Frost (photo is of a spare neck I’m doing a test run on) template was early 50’s P Bass. I’m going to go with a tort pick guard from WD but they’re staked up with work and not taking any orders right now, (photo is of a Fender Bullet I found on line) but I now have everything to finish up now - pretty excited!
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2021
  7. 7dollarbologna


    Apr 22, 2014
    Downtown Albuquerque
    Desert Eccentric
    Maybe a club is in order? It would be interesting to see how many come out of the woodwork.
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